Press Coronavirus pandemic has led to excess mortality in Germany

Press release No. 563 of 9 December 2021

  • From March 2020 to February 2021, almost 71,000 more people died than in the preceding twelve months
  • For 47,860 people deceased in 2020, COVID-19 was either the main cause of death or contributed to death as a concomitant disease
  • In 2020, roughly 176,000 people were in hospital with or for COVID-19, and roughly 36,900 had to be treated in intensive care units

WIESBADEN – The coronavirus waves have led to excess mortality in Germany. This has been ascertained by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) based on an evaluation of the death statistics in the course of the pandemic. This has also led to excess death figures over the entire period of the pandemic so far. “From March 2020 to mid-November 2021, more people in Germany died than would have been expected considering the demographic development. The increase in death figures cannot be explained by population ageing alone, but it has been considerably affected by the pandemic”, said Christoph Unger, Vice-President of the Federal Statistical Office, on 9 December 2021 at a press conference in Wiesbaden.

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